AIA CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL
PREAMBLEMembers of The American Institute of
Architects are dedicated to the highest
standards of professionalism, integrity, and
competence. This Code of Ethics and
Professional Conduct states guidelines for the
conduct of Members in fulfilling those obligations. The Code is arranged in three tiers of
statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and
Rules of Conduct:
The Code applies to the professional activities
of all classes of Members, wherever they occur.
It addresses responsibilities to the public,
which the profession serves and enriches; to the
clients and users of architecture and in the
building industries, who help to shape the built
environment; and to the art and science of
architecture, that continuum of knowledge and
creation which is the heritage and legacy of the
profession.Commentary is provided for some of the
Rules of Conduct. That commentary is meant
to clarify or elaborate the intent of the Rule.
The commentary is not part of the Code.
Enforcement will be determined by application
of the Rules of Conduct alone; the commentary
will assist those seeking to conform their conduct to the Code and those charged with its
|• ||Canons are broad principles of conduct.|
|• ||Ethical Standards (E.S.) are more specific
goals toward which Members should aspire
in professional performance and behavior.|
|• ||Rules of Conduct (Rule) are mandatory;
violation of a rule is grounds for disciplinary
action by the Institute. Rules of Conduct, in
some instances, implement more than one
Canon or Ethical Standard.|
STATEMENT IN COMPLIANCE WITHThe following practices are not, in themselves,
unethical, unprofessional, or contrary to any
policy of The American Institute of Architects
or any of its components:
THE 1990 CONSENT DECREE
|1. ||submitting, at any time, competitive bids or
price quotations, including, in circumstances
where price is the sole or principal consideration in the selection of an architect;|
|2. ||providing discounts; or|
|3. ||providing free services.|
Individual architects or architecture firms, acting alone and not on behalf of the Institute or
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Book title: Ethics and the Practice of Architecture.
Contributors: Barry Wasserman - Author, Patrick Sullivan - Author, Gregory Palermo - Author.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 269.
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